Wandering About: Los Angeles (2006)

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WOW, look at that! 2006! The first time I was ever in the USA was almost 10 years ago… WOW! Time flies! OK, freak out moment over…

The first time my mom asked me if I wanted to go with her to the US, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a really rough time in my life, probably one of the toughest in my (then) 21 years of life, so I was super on board to just go and get out of my head for a bit. I was working at the time, but my boss was super nice about it and let me compensate my days with my due overtime, I did skip a few days of class, but at that point I didn’t really care. I was on my way to LA! (and Las Vegas and Palm Springs, but that’s for another day)

This was also when I discovered the Cheesecake Factory and all the goods that come with it :D.

And Hollywood!

And Universal Studios :D.

In general, I really liked LA, even if we caught a few terrible days of cold and rain – I hasn’t packed for that. Still, it was pretty freaking amazing. While my mom worked, me and her business partner wandered around Hollywood and took photos of around 100 stars and prints, lol. I even I had an unforgettable experience riding the buses in the city, under rain… never to be repeated again.

Wandering About: New York 2007

Welcome again, to another week of Wandering About. This time, I’ll tell you about my second time in the USA, and my first time in New York City in 2007 (I was there again a couple of years ago 🙂 ).

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Let me tell you, New York is in my top 3 cities in the World! You know when you arrive somewhere and realize “this is a place I could see myself living in”? I got that feeling with just a few cities so far, and my Top 3 is: London, New York and San Francisco.

I went there in 2007 for yet another of my mom’s work conferences. But this time it was an all girls kind of thing, with my sister and my “sister” coming with us. (by “sister” I mean one of my mom’s business associates that looks more like my mother than me and my real sister, and she’s kind of a big sister to us). This trip actually began in Miami, then Orlando, then Atlanta and finally New York, but I’ll share the places in different posts, otherwise it would be too much.

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

My sister fell ill as soon as we got there, she might have had a stomach flu (I had one while in Atlanta), but she was missing her husband pretty bad by then, and that certainly didn’t help. So while me, mom and big sis were touring around the city, my real sister spent most of her time in the hotel room… what a shame. She tried, poor thing, but then we had to disembark a double decker so she could throw up in Central Park… very glamorous.

We ended up having one of the worst plane rides ever on our way to Portugal, that was not so much fun.

I really love New York. I love that I could walk all over Manhattan, that there was a Starbucks in every corner. Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Broadway and oh, the shows!!! That time we saw Mary Poppins and Chicago, the first one is amazing, people flying and everything, but Chicago was a let down, and I have to say that I think that the movie works way better.

The city has a life of it’s own, like everyone there walks with a purpose… I don’t even know how to explain it…

New York City makes me happy! So tell me, have you been to NYC? Do you like it?